Medical officer

Medical Officers provide both shore based and sea going care for RNZN personnel, and occupational medicine for civilian employees of the Navy. You will provide medical support to military personnel in New Zealand, on deployment in foreign locations and, when posted, on Navy Ships at sea.

You will work in General Practice or Occupational Medicine. A significant proportion of the clinical workload involves the management of minor injuries and the maintenance of a robust preventative medicine programme. Other duties will include providing medical advice to command teams and medics at sea. You will actively support medic training and skills development.

Medical Officers are required to complete a course in Diving Medicine, and are encouraged to pursue post-graduate diploma level training in other areas relevant to military medical practice - such as sports medicine, community emergency medicine and general practice. There will be opportunities to continue professional training within New Zealand and, where appropriate, overseas.

With experience your role will develop to include input into Naval health policy development, clinical governance, health threat analysis, research and leadership roles within Naval Health Services.

If you have referred to the minimum requirements below but would like more information on this role please email

Your initial remuneration will be based on previous experience and skill level. This is negotiated on a case by case basis. As your career continues, remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.

  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade
  • Be medically fit for service
  • Be of good character – assessed by study of testimonials and a police record check
  • Be free of any criminal convictions for the previous two years
  • Like all Officers, you must also pass a two day final officer selection board (for senior / specialist applicants this may be replaced by a panel interview)

In addition to the above pre-joining general requirements, to be eligible for this role you should be qualified to be registered as a New Zealand medical practitioner for at least two years, and hold a current annual practising certificate.

Medical Officers will be enlisted on fixed term engagements from 3-15 years.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

Training requirements will depend on previous skills held, but all candidates for this role will be required to complete some initial military training.

(1 week) Location: Devonport Naval Base

Upon successful enlistment into the Navy you’ll complete a five day Navy induction course before you start Joint Officer Induction.

(7 weeks) Location: RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim)

All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets and Midshipman are required to complete this course which is designed to introduce the basic individual military skills required to continue on to your respective service Officer training courses. The course will give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, sea survival, battle-craft, seamanship, communications and an introduction to leadership.

It is during JOIC that you will be introduced to the standards and discipline demanded of all members of the NZDF and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.

Following successful completion of JOIC, you may be required to complete the Junior Officer Common Training Course, or specific modules within the course. Your attendance will be determined on a case by case basis, as appropriate for you to conduct your specialist tasks on base, at sea, or on operations.

(22 weeks) Location: Devonport Naval Base

This course covers the following subject areas:

  • RNZN customs
  • Drill and parades
  • Military law
  • Weapons training
  • Basic mariner training
  • Defence and strategic studies
  • Communication skills
  • Command, leadership and management